Jenise Michele

writer * performer * awesome individual

Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2016

The “Keep It Light, Love” Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2016

Let's Talk About: Home

“You are my home; I will always come back to you.”

The holiday season is meant to evoke feelings of love, comfort, and connection; but, that isn’t always the case for everyone. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can also occur during these longer, darker days, leading to feelings of sadness and isolation. And this time of year can be particularly difficult for anyone who 1) lives far away from home and can’t visit, 2) has a strained or difficult family dynamic, 3) live alone, and/or 4) has a history of mood disorders including SAD. I, as luck would have it, fall into three of these four categories.

Home, for me, is not a place, and it hasn’t been for a long time. Home is people.

Knowing there are people across the country who have arms like shelter ready to receive me lights a candle in my heart on the darkest of days.

So, what is “home” to you? Is it a building? A city? People? A certain scent? Think about this for a bit. And if this time of years tends to get you down, find a way to incorporate a little bit of “home” into your holidays.

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Lyrically Speaking: “You make me feel like I am home again…”

“Lovesong”, originally performed by The Cure has become one of my favorite tunes thanks to Adele’s soothing “Love Song” rendition on her 21 album. When the music begins followed by her voice singing, “Whenever I’m alone with you…” I fall into a trance. This song is my definition of “home”: the assurance that no matter the length of time or physical distance, no matter what is said, “I will always love you.” And don’t we all just want to return home to love?

Monthly Toolbox

Health: Are you staying hydrated?

Some ways to increase fluid intake include: add fruit/herbs or infusing your water, drink coconut water, add natural fruit juice to water, or drink sparkling water (can be flavored with no added sugar).

Spirituality: Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is when you are fully present in your experience. This means slowing down and tasting the intricate flavors of your food, putting your phone away and fully engaging in conversations with friends.

Inspiration: What inspires me?

This month, I’m inspired to get back into the gym! Regular exercise is a great way to prepare for the endurance marathon that is childbirth. So, treadmill, here I come!

Empowerment: What is your personal mantra?

Having a mantra/mantras can help you find inner-strength when you need it most. Three mantras I use often are: “I’m safe”, “Self-care over everything”, and “I am who I am by choice” (from Travis Barker’s book "Can I Say"). Consider incorporating mantras into your daily life and having a few on hand for tough situations.

Relationships: Prioritize your time.

Are you spending time with those who matter most or expending your energy with people who leave you feeling drained? What relationships deserve more of your attention and which ones could use a break? Take some time to think about this. Write a list if you need to and start to prioritize your time for yourself and those who matter most.

Development: Have you checked out Coursera?

Coursera is an online platform that allows you to take free college courses from highly accredited colleges and universities. Along with the online learning environment, you can connect with other students across the nation through message boards/discussions. Visit to find a course that appeals to you.